Photos: Hong Kongers protest ‘discriminatory’ D&G photo ban that protects Mainland China’s new rich
January 9, 2012Jing Gao9 CommentsChinese milk scandal, colonialism, demonstration, discrimination, exclusionism, Hong Kong, Hong Konger, mainland China, Mainlander, new rich, nouveau riche, protest, Protests
From NetEase and Weibo
A Dolce &Gabbana store in Hong Kong was besieged on January 8 by more than a thousand protesters clamoring for apology after the Italian high fashion house decided to forbid non-shoppers from taking photos of its storefront.
The security guard allegedly told a local Hong Kong photographer to “get lost” and yelled, “only Mainland Chinese is allowed to take pictures,” which sparked locals’ anger over the influx of travellers and immigrants from Mainland China and inaction of relevant authorities to ensure locals’ basic rights and access to resources are not compromised as a result.
China’s new rich have become the world’s leading consumers of luxury goods. One of their hobbies is squandering money on luxury goods outside the mainland to avoid exorbitant taxes that can make prices twice as high as elsewhere. Hong Kong, due to its proximity, becomes the favorite destination. Rumor has it that the photo ban was enforced after the D&G store was urged by its most generous customers from Mainland China to protect their privacy, which reinforces the impression that businesses and wealthy, privileged people from the mainland collude against the ordinary Hong Kong people and defy Hong Kong’s social order and values.
In late October, 1,000 protesters, many of whom mothers-to-be, protested the growing number of mainland women flocking to Hong Kong to give birth, accusing pregnant mainland women of causing overcrowding in Hong Kong hospitals, and pleading with the authorities not to give residency to children born in Hong Kong to mainland parents.
Hong Kong parents also called for intervention policies from the government amid a baby milk powder shortage. Mainland Chinese smugglers and families bought foreign-made baby products in large quantities in Hong Kong following a series of tainted milk scandals that lead to widespread distrust in Chinese brands.
Video of newscast by Hong Kong Apple Daily (Translated by the video uploader.)
Video showing protesters yelling “F**k your mom”
A Hong Kong Sharp Daily news story titled “Mainland Chinese guests are allowed to take photos. Hong konger get lost. D&G flagrantly bullies Hong Kongers”.
“Stop Discriminating Hong Konger”
“D&猪(Pig) Hongkonger and Dog are Not Allowed”
- Discriminate Hong Konger! “
Sign on the left says, “I am a Hong Konger. No more colonialism.” The right one says, “Canton Road is a public space. Hong Kongers have the right to take picture (there).”
Selected comments from Sina Weibo
Stella_FHY：Hong Kong people always look down upon mainlanders, think that we are nouveau riche with low quality of character, and sound as if we deserved to be poor for all our lives. Most of them claim they are Hong Kongers, instead of admitting they are Chinese. And I think even though they’ve returned (to Chinese rule), at root great differences exist. It seems some countries have never considered Hong Kong a part of us.
俺叫兜兜：What they eat, drink are ours, and they still vituperate at us. Hong Kong people are always like this. //@风起青苹2012: These HK-tsan (derogatory slang for Hong Kong people), did mainlanders request the security guard to do so? What the f**k does it have to do with mainlanders? In terms of bringing cash, how are mainland tourists different from those from Europe, USA and Japan? Always thinking of themselves as one class higher than mainlanders and at the same time coveting mainlanders’ purses…Go to hell, Hong Kong people! What era is this? Are you still dreaming of your colonial days?
张闻文HK：In recent years, the extent of Hong Kong’s increasing repulsion towards the mainland can rival that of Shanghaiers’ discrimination and prejudice against non-locals. //@默声如剑： Businesses were afraid that their design ideas may be stolen and consequently banned photography. During the entire process, mainlanders were never involved. But some people read too much into it and interpreted it as discontent with mainland tourists. Hong Kong people lost control because of their narrow-mindedness. That’s what has made Hong Kong people pathetic.
Jing菁–zi：Seeds of estrangement and conflict have been sowed. Sooner and later, they will erupt. When truth comes to light, there will be a way to solve it. The disharmony under the guise of harmonious society makes us feel sad when we see them. I still believe that when it comes to democracy and freedom, Hong Kong can still retain a patch of pure land that have belonged to them. Don’t let some disharmony contaminate it.
卓卓呆呆：Actually Hong Kong people despise mainlanders very very much, let alone standing the sight of mainlanders squandering money in Hong Kong. I just don’t understand why everybody would think they protested because corrupt officials from the mainland come to Hong Kong and ban photography. In essence, it is absolutely because the security guard said no to Hong Kong people taking photos and yes to mainlanders. That’s how the anger was triggered. I have been in Hong Kong for 3 years. I know so much what they think.
胖胖的Joey：Another thing that everyone needs to understand is, it’s not that Hong Kong is that great; it’s just that the mainland is too bad. Therefore people all flock over to buy milk powder, toilet paper and shampoo. Don’t boast about being a developed region all the time.
倪艾：Haha, what goes around comes around. Before when Hong Kong people discriminated against mainlanders, did you come out and demonstrate? Did you champion fairness and equality? If D&G only allowed Hong Kong people to take photos and forbade mainlanders, then imagine how complacent and giddy would Hong Kong people be. Just let Hong Kong shut down its port. Do we really need Hong Kong? Do we?
四月的小狐狸: Why does it have anything to do with mainlanders? Isn’t it exclusion of aliens? Beijingers exclude non-locals. Shanghaiers excluse non-locals. So do people in Chengdu. It’s just that the classy Hong Kongers don’t want to admit that.
夜凉时节：I envy democracy and freedom enjoyed by Hong Kong people!
EdisonTsai：Maybe it is a conspiracy to split our country. Previously the relationship between Hong Kong people and mainlanders can only be maintained in balance. With great difficulty, finally it began to improve, now, with this thing, will it evolve into another ending? Everyone, remain level-headed. Don’t fall into enemy’s trap. This (D&G) is only a stupid thing that is dispensable. Don’t ever let it affect the friendship among our countrymen~!
朝歌夜闲：Support Hong Kong! If the relatively independent Hong Kong is lost, Taiwan will never return to us! Corrupt officials and their mistresses are afraid of being spotted. We definitely side Hong Kongers! It would be the best if someone takes photos of them exclusively every day!
AlfredChung：Nothing much. There will be more and more Hong Kong people’s complaints about the Mainland. We need to get used to it. Those who feel less and less superior can only find the remaining sense of pride by such means.
上海浮生记：Cut off their water and power supply for a week, and they will be nice.